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How to treat filariasis?

About

A tropical parasitic disease that affects lymph nodes and lymph vessels

It has spread to approximately 81 countries across the world, mainly in countries like India and Africa. [1]

● Is diagnosed with a blood test to see the presence of worms
● Spreads by animals or insects
● Affects more males than females

Filariasis is caused by several round, coiled, and thread-like parasitic worms that belong to the family filaria. This disease spreads from person to person by mosquito bites. There are eight different types of this worm, out of which three are responsible for causing the disease: Wucheria bancrofti and Brugia malayi cause lymphatic filariasis, and Onchocera volvulus causes onchocerciasis (river blindness).

Age affected: between 0–40 - rare; above 40 - often.

Symptoms

Symptoms are seen four to twelve months after infection and include:

● Swelling and inflammation in genitals and extremities
● Fever, pain, and swelling of lymph glands
● A headache and inflammation of the lymph drainage areas
● Swelling of the scrotum, skin rashes, and blindness

Treatment

Self-Care: It includes washing and soaping the swollen area, using antibacterial or antifungal cream on the wound, exercising the swollen arms or legs to improve the lymph flow, and using bandages to reduce accumulation of fluids.

Medicines: Your doctor may prescribe medicines to kill worms.

Specialists: For other kinds, you may consult a doctor or a physician. At mfine, you can come on board for a holistic treatment program.

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